Four Ministries Calls for More Promotion of Local Products

Senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries; Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, and Ministry of Tourism have jointly called for more promotion and support for local products.

The call was made in a national consultation workshop between local producers, suppliers, consumers and distributors held here last week.

This event was presided over by H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Industry, and Handicraft; H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce; H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries and H.E. Tith Chantha, Secretary of State for Tourism.

In the workshop, all participants discussed challenges and responsive measures aiming at enhancing production chains and promoting market diversification of Cambodian products.

H.E. Pan Sorasak appealed to all stakeholders, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to adapt themselves to the new conditions and to maintain open and gentle attitudes in this changing global market.

For his part, H.E. Tith Chantha said tourism sector contributes some 20-25 percent to trade balance. Last year, Cambodia received some 5 million foreign visitors and about 10 million local tourists travelled in the country, generating about 620,000 jobs, he added.

H.E. Veng Sakhon said in 2016, the export of agricultural products rose to US$5,000 million, and this figure would continue to increase if Cambodia can solve the phytosanitary issue and has enough infrastructure for the production and export of agricultural products.

At the same time, H.E. Cham Prasidh asked all SMEs to stick to the national standards and to think to the maximum about local demands.

In more than four years, Cambodia has created over 804 standards in order to promote the quality of local products and respond to the phytosanitary problem, he added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press